What to do when your period is too heavy

Women have choices, they can try to avoid periods all together or try to lighten them up. There are many ways to lighten one's period. one way is to try an old fashioned regimen called cyclic progesterone. It may even work if you are having a heavy period and you just need it to stop. Of course, take one quick second to make sure you were not pregnant. That's a first with anyone having sex in the right age groups, be safe, take a test! You can start taking some progesterone now. It comes in many forms. But if you think ahead you can be proactive and do something to control your periods. There was a new study looking at the medicated IUD compared to taking oral progesterone per month, and the IUD beat out taking monthly progesterone.. This was a very important study and the researchers lead by Kaunitz AM, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida, USA performed a Level I type of study, in other words performing the trial prospectively in a very controlled fashioned. They looked at women who bled heavily, meaning they loose menstrual blood loss 80 mL or more per cycle, and they were then randomly assigned to six cycles of treatment with either levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system (Mirena type in the USA) or oral medroxyprogesterone acetate (10 mg daily for 10 days beginning on day 16 of each cycle, for most US women that is taking Provera). And they tried to get women to loose half as much blood as they usually lost in their normal period., and the other thing they looked at was what percent of women could actually get their blood lost to a level that would be considered normal for all women. and the proportion of women with successful treatment (defined as menstrual blood loss less than 80 mL)  Of  over  800 women studied,  the proportion of women with successful treatment was significantly higher for the levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system ...over 80% vs only about a 5th of the progesterone treated women.. So get your gyno to check with your insurance company as it just might be that this heavy period could be your last heavy period. And that is doing something about it!
For more information on this study go to: CLINICAL TRIAL REGISTRATION: ClinicalTrials.gov, www.clinicaltrials.gov, NCT00360490.


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